Neville commends Rooney for handling racial issue

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Inter Miami boss Phil Neville praise Wayne Rooney on how he handle racial abuse issue involving his player in DC United defeated to Inter.

Inter Miami manager Phil Neville hails former teammate turn manager When Rooney for handling racial abuse issue during their match in the MLS.

Neville’s Inter Miami beat Rooney’s DC United 3-2 on Sunday, but the result was overshadowed by an in-game delay.

DC United player Taxiarchis Fountas was accused of racially abusing Inter Miami defender Damion Lowe in the 59th minute of the match, leading to a four-minute stoppage in play.

Neville and Rooney were summoned by referee, with the former Manchester United striker substituting the accused player Fountas.

After the match Neville praised Rooney, the players, and the referee for dealing with the situation.

“There was a racist comment that was unacceptable,” he said post-match.

“A word was used that I think is unacceptable in society. I think it’s the worst word in the world.

“There is no place at all for racism on a football field or society.

“I must commend my players for keeping their calm, I must commend the referee – a really difficult situation he followed the protocols set out by the MLS – and I must give massive, massive respect to Wayne Rooney for dealing with it in the way that he did.

“I have always known him as a class act and today he went up in my estimation more than he has ever done, more than any goal he has ever scored.”

After the match an MLS spokesperson told ESPN: “MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language and we take these allegations very seriously. An investigation into this matter will begin promptly.”

DC United also released a statement, saying: “DC United are aware of the allegations involving a player during the match against Inter Miami CF. The club will work closely with Major League Soccer and Inter Miami to investigate the incident.”

 

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